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Gillingham The church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.



Gillingham The church of our Lady of Perpetual Succour, What a beautiful place, I was on my way home and decided to type in Gillingham, the postcode actually took me to Beccles Church, so i got two for the price of one, then realised that I had read that there are actually three in the same locality. I should be returning again hopefully this week, so I, and a friend will search for the other two. Perpetual Succour, well thats a definition I had to look up! Its something I hadn't come across in this 62 year old brain of mine. The actual definition is: assistance and support in times of hardship and distress. Trouble is it was locked. This I couldn't blame the owners for. The place where it is situated is a haven for prostitution, there were a few cars operating there when I went. There were families cycling past, small children at that, this needs stopping. The church itself was built by Frederick Banham in 1898 for the Kenyon family of Gillingham Hall, Private family worship for the Kenyons took place in their own small chapel inside Gillingham Hall, nearby. Meanwhile, John Kenyon wished to have a church on his own land, and built Our Lady of Perpetual Succour as a Chapel of Ease to allow Catholic families in the village of Gillingham, many of whom worked on his estate, to worship regularly without having to travel all the way to Beccles. John Kenyon then purchased the land in Beccles on which now stands St Benet’s Minster, Saint Benet’s School, the school playing fields, the hall and the presbytery bungalow. The buildings now on the site (except the Minster itself) were gradually constructed with the money given by John Kenyon, and the site was vested in Downside. The original intention was to establish a small Benedictine community (with four of five monks) in Beccles. https://gillinghamcatholicchurch.com/history/founder/

Gillingham The church of our Lady of Perpetual Succour